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Oxypetalum Care: Enhance the Beauty of Your Bouquets

Oxypetalum, also known as Tweedia, brings a touch of starry charm and unique texture to any bouquet. Their delicate, star-shaped blooms in a muted blue-green shade add a touch of the unexpected. Here's a guide from KS Flowers on maximizing the lifespan of your oxypetalum bouquets, ensuring they grace your home with their unusual beauty for as long as possible.

Choosing the Freshest Oxypetalum 

Your oxypetalum care journey begins with selecting a fresh and vibrant bouquet. Look for:
  • Tight Buds: Choose oxypetalum with a mix of mostly closed buds and a few partially open flowers at the base for long-lasting blooms.
  • Soft Blue-Green Colour: Opt for the classic blue-green shade and avoid any with yellowing, fading, or browning. (Note: If you use other colors too, mention them here briefly)
  • Healthy Stems and Leaves: Look for sturdy stems with vibrant, fuzzy leaves and no signs of wilting or damage.
Pro Tip: Always choose your oxypetalum from a reputable florist like KS Flowers, where the flowers receive expert handling and optimal freshness is guaranteed.

Oxypetalum Care at Home 

  • Clean Vase: Thoroughly wash your vase with warm, soapy water to eliminate bacteria that can shorten flower lifespan.
  • Fresh Cut: Trim the stems at a 45-degree angle, removing about an inch off the bottom. This maximizes water absorption.
  • Remove Lower Leaves: Strip any leaves that would be submerged in the vase water. This helps prevent decay.
  • Hydration is Key: Fill your vase with cool, clean water.
  • Flower Food: Add flower food to the water to provide essential nutrients and help your oxypetalum last longer.
  • Cool Location: Keep your oxypetalum bouquet away from direct sunlight, drafts, and heat sources. They prefer a cool, slightly shaded spot.

Additional Tips for Long-Lasting Oxypetalum 

  • Change the Water Regularly: Replace the vase water every couple of days to prevent bacteria build-up.
  • Recur the Stems: Periodically re-trim the stems at an angle to maintain optimal water uptake.
  • Enjoy the Transformation: Oxypetalum's star-shaped blooms open gradually, providing a delicate visual transformation. 

Enjoy Your Beautiful Oxypetalum! 

With proper care, your oxypetalum bouquet can bring its unique charm and velvety texture into your home for a week or sometimes longer. 

Delivery Options for Your Perfect Bouquet 

Whether you're in the Northampton area or across the UK, KS Flowers has you covered. We offer local Northampton delivery to ensure your chrysanthemums arrive at their freshest. Need your bouquet shipped nationwide? We provide reliable and careful delivery options across the country.

The KS Flowers Difference

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The History of Oxypetalum 

  • South American Origins: Oxypetalum's natural range stretches across parts of South America, including Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.
  • Name Meaning: "Oxypetalum" comes from the Greek for "sharp petal," referencing the pointed shape of its star-like blooms.
  • "Tweedia": An older botanical name, "Tweedia," is still widely used for oxypetalum within the floral industry.
  • Modern Use: While long known to botanists and gardeners, oxypetalum has become much more popular as a cut flower in recent decades thanks to its unique beauty and long vase life.

Did You Know? Fun Facts About Oxypetalum 

  • Velvety Surprise: One of oxypetalum's most charming features is the soft, velvety texture of its petals, adding a tactile element to its beauty.
  • Cool-toned Beauty: The muted blue-green color of most oxypetalum varieties offers a unique, calming presence in bouquets.
  • Long-Lasting Stars: Oxypetalum is prized for its impressive vase life, often gracing homes with its beauty for a week or longer. 

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